Reversing Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

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Dr. Dale Bredesen, MD has succeeded in reversing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease in a small study of ten memory-loss patients.

The patients, some with brain-scan-confirmed patterns of Alzheimer’s, were part a small UCLA trial called MEND (Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration).  The MEND protocol had patients make some dramatic lifestyle changes.  Diet wise they avoided simple carbs, gluten and processed foods, but increased fish intake.  They supplemented their diet with melatonin, Vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil.  They also took yoga, meditated and got adequate sleep.

Within six months, nine patients saw a noticeable improvement in memory. The only patient who did not was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s. Six of the patients of the patients had to quit working; they able to return to their jobs.  Some patients were followed up to two and a half years and the memory improvements remained.

Publishing their results in the journal Aging, the team mentions that all but one of the patients are at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease, carrying at least one copy of the APOE4 allele. Five of the patients are carrying two copies of APOE4, which gives them a 10- to 12-fold increased risk of developing the disease. Around 65 percent of Alzheimer’s cases in the US involve APOE4. So, testing for the genetic risk means patients may now be able to stall the disease’s progression, using the protocols developed in this study.

“We’re entering a new era,” says Bredesen.

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“The old advice was to avoid testing for APOE because there was nothing that could be done about it. Now we’re recommending that people find out their genetic status as early as possible so they can go on prevention.”

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